Dallas, TX — GRAMMY®-Award Nominated Vocalist TAMELA MANN appears on ABC’s The View Tuesday, April 22. In celebration of co-host Sherri Shepherd’s birthday, Tamela will perform her mega-hit “Take Me To The King” for her friend and millions nationwide.
“Sherri is a dear friend, and I’m thrilled to be a part of her special day,” said Tamela. “It’s going to be a big celebration and time of fellowship, and I’m honored to be able to share my music with the ladies of The View and people across the country.”
Tamela’s follow up single “I Can Only Imagine” continues its run at Gospel radio this week securing the No. 1 slot for the fifth week.
Tune in to ABC on Tuesday, April 22 at 11a.m. EST to catch Tamela’s performance. Check local listings for further programming details.
ABOUT TAMELA MANN
Tamela Mann is an accomplished NAACP Image Award winner and GRAMMY® Award nominee, 7-time Stellar Gospel Music Award and two-time GMA Dove Award-winning singer, actress, songwriter, producer, and businesswoman. Starring as “Cora Simmons,” the loving and churchgoing daughter of beloved Deacon Leroy Brown and the iconic Madea Simmons on the hit TBS comedy Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns, Tamela makes millions laugh every week while she enjoys a unique personal double blessing. Continuing the role she originated in Perry’s 2004 play and 2008 film of the same name, the sassy, high spirited multi-talented singer and actress is able to work every day with David Mann, her husband who plays Leroy. Tamela’s highly successful, Dove Award-winning CD “The Master Plan” remained at the top of the Gospel sales chart for almost a year, and in 2010, Tamela released “The Master Plan Deluxe Edition” which contained not only all the songs from the best-seller, but David’s CD, “Mr. Brown’s Good Ol’ Time Church,” and a full bonus DVD of behind the scenes footage and music videos. Tamela’s two-time GMA Dove Award and seven-time Stellar Gospel Music Award-winning CD “Best Days” debuted in 2012 at #1 on several music sales charts and includes the #1 single “Take Me To The King,” which earned Tamela her first GRAMMY ® Award nomination for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance. Both the CD and single remained at #1 for a record number of weeks; the CD charted at the top for 15 weeks and the single for more than 25 weeks. Tamela and David’s new cooking and lifestyle show, “Hanging With The Manns,” along with several other film and TV productions, will be released soon.
For more information about Tamela Mann, visit http://www.tillymannmusic.com .
The faith-based film “Heaven Is for Real” recorded a highly impressive box-office debut over Easter weekend, taking in $21.5 million domestically and besting Johnny Depp’s sci-fi blockbuster “Transcendence,” which only earned $11.5 million.
“The film definitely played not only to a faith-based audience but to a mainstream audience as well,” said Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution at Sony Pictures Entertainment, following the impressive debut, according to Deadline.com. “The title itself provokes dialogue no matter what you believe. It’s based on a book and the true story of this family, so it makes it all that more compelling.”
The Randall Wallace movie, based on the bestselling 2010 book Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back, has earned an estimated $28,500,000 from 2,417 theaters nationwide in the first five days of its release, more than doubling its modest production budget of $12 million.
“It’s really a terrific result,” Bruer said. “And Easter was certainly a date that was in the wheelhouse of the film.”
Meanwhile, Depp’s “Transcendence,” which has a production budget of close to $100 million, only took in $11.5 million from 3,455 locations in its first three days.
The narrative for “Heaven Is for Real” focuses on Christian pastor Todd Burpo and the near-death experience of his then 4-year-old son, Colton, who shares of meeting Jesus in heaven as well as a number of his deceased relatives after undergoing emergency surgery in 2003.
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Jonathan McReynolds continues to make a splash as one of today’s most inspiring and talked-about new artists, showcasing his standout live performances with two upcoming appearances on BET. A BET Music Matters artist, the singer and guitarist made a debut appearance performing on BET’s flagship series ‘106 & Park,’ Monday tonight.
Performing in one of the most-anticipated collaborations on BET’s upcoming ‘Celebration of Gospel’ show, this year’s 14th annual celebration features Jonathan McReynolds giving a show-stopping performance with multiple Grammy-winning artist India.Arie, performing his song “No Gray” and her song “Moved By You.” BET’s ‘Celebration of Gospel’ will air Sunday, April 6 at 8 pm/7 pm Central.
Since the release of his debut album Life Music, Jonathan McReynolds has continued to garner acclaim among critics, fans and peers for his fresh, contemplative lyrics and remarkable live stage performances, on songs such as “No Gray,” “Lovin’ Me,” “I Love You,” and more. Continuing to tour, McReynolds will soon return to the studio to begin recording for his next album.
On May 13, Epic Records, in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release XSCAPE, an album of new music by the internationally beloved music icon and King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The project features eight new tracks, which the world will be hearing for the very first time on the new album. For the ultimate fan experience, XSCAPE will also be available in a Deluxe Edition, which includes all of the sourced Michael Jackson recordings in their original form. The XSCAPE standard and Deluxe Edition’s are available for pre-order beginning April 1 on iTunes.com/MichaelJackson and elsewhere, and available at all retailers worldwide on May 13.
XSCAPE is executive produced by Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid, who, after an initial mining of Jackson’s archives by the Estate, was granted unlimited access to the treasures representing four decades of material on which Jackson had completed his vocals.
Reid curated the final list of recordings to deliver to the producers, who retooled the production to add a fresh, contemporary sound that retains Jackson’s essence and integrity. It’s a process Reid calls “contemporizing.” The album’s lead producer, Timbaland was one of a handful of producers Reid believed had the gravitas, depth and range to creatively engage with Jackson’s work. Additional producers include global hitmakers Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon and John McClain.
“Modern music and artistry would look and sound completely different if not for the groundbreaking contributions Michael Jackson gifted to the world,” remarked L.A. Reid. “Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with. We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world.”
The title of this album honors Michael’s album naming process. He always chose a song from the album to name his projects and, beginning with THRILLER, used only one word titles, each with an edgy quality to them. This is true of the new project. Written by Michael Jackson and Jerkins, and produced by Jackson and Jerkins, “Xscape” has further significance in that it is the one track on the album that was ‘contemporized’ by the producer who recorded it originally in the studio with Michael.
John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson said, “Michael was always on the cutting edge and was constantly reaching out to new producers, looking for new sounds. He was always relevant and current. These tracks, in many ways, capture that spirit. We thank L.A. Reid for his vision.”
XSCAPE is a long awaited collection of exciting new music that will thrill the legions of fans of one of the world’s most revered and best-selling artists, as well as attract a whole new generation discovering his artistry for the first time. In conjunction with the release of XSCAPE, Epic / Sony Music will launch an unprecedented global campaign with the One Sony sister companies, Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications, and Sony Network Entertainment International drawing from all of Sony’s strengths and consumer reach.
“Michael has long been a treasured member of the larger Sony family,” said Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO, Sony Corporation. “Starting with the release of ‘Off The Wall’ in 1979, Sony Music Entertainment has since released all of Michael’s recordings. We are thrilled and privileged to be collaborating as One Sony to celebrate Michael’s latest legacy, and bringing his fans an exclusive experience through our upcoming initiatives with our products and services.”